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   from the issue of November 1, 2007

UNL, UNMC sign research collaboration agreement

To encourage inter-campus and interdisciplinary collaboration, the technology transfer offices at UNL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have developed a collaborative agreement. The agreement was developed to streamline invention disclosure, patenting and licensing processes for new discoveries created jointly by faculty, staff or students at both campuses.

When a new discovery is created by researchers at both campuses, they may use the invention notification form to describe the advancement. Copies of the disclosure should be sent to both technical transfer offices - the Office of Technology Development at UNL and UNeMed at UNMC. Additional information is available online at or

Collectively, UNMC and UNL produced more than 120 new inventions each year, and each campus office leverages a large patent portfolio to encourage companies to license and further develop the new technology.

Collaborations between UNMC and UNL have resulted in the development of significant technologies, including multi-functional, surgical robots capable of performing minimally invasive surgery. The technology has gained worldwide interest, including interest by the Department of Defense for use on the battlefield with wounded soldiers.

Both UNMC and UNL agree the partnership will help increase the visibility of University of Nebraska technology and encourage the development of new collaboration between faculty, staff and students.

"The work that is and can be done collaboratively by faculty on both campuses will provide important start up and economic opportunities for our faculties and Nebraska," said John Brasch, associate vice chancellor of technology development at UNL.



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